More than 40,000 men and women worldwide have freely given of their time and talents to share the joy and excitement of aviation with young people. You can join the ranks in hopes of sparking an early interest in aviation by becoming a Young Eagles volunteer pilot.
OTHER SUPPORT PERSONNEL IS NEEDED; NOT JUST PILOTS
EAA Young Eagles Youth Service Standards include two steps, which are described under EAA Youth Service Standards below. These are Training, and Criminal History Background Checks.
Effective Date. This policy is effective as of January 1, 2016, and it will be mandatory as of May 1, 2016 for all Young Eagles Pilots, Chapter Young Eagles Coordinators, Field Representatives, and “Two-Deep Leadership Supervisors” (described under Supervision below).
- Required. If you are a Young Eagles Pilot (either in Chapter Rallies or individually flown), Chapter Young Eagles Coordinator, Field Representative, or Two-Deep Leadership Supervisor, you must complete both Training and a Criminal History Background Check (U.S. residents only*), with acceptable results in EAA’s judgment, before you may work with youth in the Young Eagles program, even if you have previously participated in services to youth.
- Please note that parents and legal guardians of youth participants may be volunteers, and then they are subject to the same EAA Young Eagles Youth Service Standards as other Young Eagles volunteers.
- If you are a minor and a volunteer, you also are subject to the same EAA Young Eagles Youth Service Standards as other volunteers; however, background checks aren’t available for minors. You may cover your Background Check requirement with a credible written character reference delivered to us, until you become an adult under the laws of the state where you live.
- EAA staff who are involved with Young Eagles activities are subject to the same requirements as other Young Eagles volunteers.
If you work with youth in the Young Eagles program, but are not required to complete Training and Background Check as described above, we still request that you complete at least the Training, in order that all volunteers will have consistent understanding of EAA’s Young Eagles Youth Protection Policy. * At the publication date of this Policy, we are not yet able to provide background checks in Canada because of unique Canadian laws. We will offer background checks covering Canadian residents as soon as possible.
The link to access the training and background checks is
You may already meet several of the requirements to fly a Young Eagle just by holding a current pilot certificate. Here are the requirements in full, which are designed to ensure your and your passenger’s safety.
To fly passengers in the EAA Young Eagles® program, you must:
- Be an EAA member.
- Complete the EAA Youth Protection Policy, which includes a short training session and background check.
- Have a valid airman’s certificate (sport pilot or greater).
- Possess a current medical certificate or BasicMed (if applicable).
- Be current to carry passengers in the aircraft you plan to use.
- Have a current biennial flight review.
- Conduct flights in an aircraft that is in airworthy condition.
- Have Aircraft Passenger Liability Insurance for the aircraft used (owned, rented, or borrowed).
- Adhere to all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations.
- Complete a Young Eagles registration form before the flight, signed by you and a parent or legal guardian.
Policy Letter Link